"Indian women...have played an exemplary role and will
continue to be a major determinant of our future progress and
inclusive growth...This year is even more special as this is
the 100th year of the observation of the International Women's
Day," Patil said in a message.
Speaker Kumar called on for a change in the mindset of
society towards women.
"The protection of women's rights and their empowerment
is our collective responsibility and the government, social
organisations and the civil society in partnership with the
media need to create a congenial atmosphere and shape public
opinion so that women have freedom to define and achieve their
full potential and live purposeful lives," she said in her
New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil and
Speaker Meira Kumar on Sunday stressed the need for empowerment of women for progress of the country while greeting the nation on
the eve of International Women's Day.
First Published: Sunday, March 07, 2010, 18:49